Greg, The Celtiberian had all the pluses; terrain setup, all “fast” moving troops, parity of mounted troops and more blade (6 x 3Bd vs. 4 x 4Bd). With side support, the Roman spear could match the combat factor of the scutarii, but are left behind when their supports recoiled or pursued which happened frequently.
They would make an excellent allied contingent (1 x Cv, 2 x 3Bd) in a standard 12 a side game or big battle game.
Historically however, they did display true mercenary characteristic during the 2nd Punic War and left their employer’s camp on the eve of battle, this is possible in the campaign rule set.
My order of Seleucid figures arrived Tuesday afternoon, but the day was spent preparing for the big battle Carthage vs. Rome.
Jan took a lot of good photos, but a full report will have wait until other items have been posted. I can say it was a hard fought battle, even the elephants ran havoc amongst my reserve line of Roman heavies.
The twist, Jan fielded two commands of Carthaginian plus one of Iberians while I had an equal number of 36 elements divided among two generals. This was done to simulate the “discord” or rivalry between consuls with the potential disaster if a general were lost early in the game as at Cannae.
Last step, the texturing and flocking of the bases will be done in the next few days and the Seleucid will be complete.
Looking forward to receiving several books from Amazon UK and these are volumes two and three of Dr. John Grainger’s Seleukid trilogy and Hannibal from the Great Captains collection by Theodore Dodge. I have Gustavus Adolphus and Caesar and enjoy very them as they have a wealth of useful maps.
The Seleucid lack grass tufts on their bases and I will post photos tomorrow.
I have new figures to paint later today, the Pergamene and extra Roman.
The Pergamene cavalry will be used later in the week as an allied contingent for Rome against the Seleucid and the extra Romans are allied hastati and velites to fill out the consular army for an upcoming Spanish Campaign 217 BC.